With St. Patty’s Day just around the corner, there’s no time like the present to experience the hops, malts, and flavors of Charleston’s signature brews.

  • Holy City Brewing: Holy City Brewing is one of Charleston’s favorite venues. Located on 4155 C Dorchester Road, their year-rounds are true classics, a hoppy German pilsner and a porter that are refreshing in any season. Specialty beers run the gamut from IPA, to stout, to Belgian Strong Pale Ale, to bacon porter. Holy City Brewing’s tasting room is a seamless part of the brewery, where you’re welcome to relax, taste what’s new, or take a tour. Best of all, their tasting room is pet-friendly, so bring your pooch along for the fun!

  • Palmetto Brewery: Owner and head brewer Ed Falkenstein has been cranking out a colorful variety of pale and dark ales at the Palmetto Brewing Co. since 1994. The company was the first microbrewery to open in Charleston since Prohibition. Falkenstein and his small team of brewers use fresh barley malts and hops in every brew. Next time you’re out on the town, keep an eye peeled for Palmetto’s Espresso Porter. The robust, full-bodied flavor comes from the dark roasted malts and is accented with a coffee espresso roast by Charleston Coffee Roasters.

  • Southend Brewery: Southend Brewery and Smokehouse, located in the historic Wagener Building on East Bay Street, has a haunted past that only adds to the incredible flavor of your visit. The gorgeous building has a three-story atrium housing large copper and stainless steel brew tanks in which they brew six craft beers. Try the Love Me Two Times Blonde, their signature ale with a subtle hop finish, which pairs perfectly with Southend’s Lowcountry cuisine.

  • Mooka Brewery: Located on 389 Huger Street, Mooka Brewery creates a variety of brews that utilize local ingredients, unique styles, and seasonal flavors. Sample their Sour D Belgian Ale for a unique flavor experience. This beer is tart, crisp, ultra smooth, and available year-round.

Have you sampled any of these Charleston favorites?